Reykjavik is the biggest town in Iceland and North Atlantic. Even if the competition for this title isn’t exactly crushing, the town thrives and attracts tourists due to a smart advertising policy. And it’s only 5 hours flight from Toronto!
Not exactly a beach destination by any means, Reykjavik has, however, a lot to offer when it comes to hot baths. A Scandinavian town by name and architecture, Reykjavik is still different from Stockholm, Copenhagen or Oslo, and not only by size but by the quaintness and easiness. The ocean is never further than 20 minutes walk and the climate is milder than expected given the geographical location.
The city is quiet, safe and peaceful, walkable (not because gas is expensive!) and people are friendly and helpful. The views are stunning if the weather allows that, and the prices are nothing to write home about. At least nothing good. For being a small town on a cold small island, Reykjavik does well for itself. The Icelanders have built a capital to be proud of.
The restaurant and bar scene is alive and well in Reykjavik even if expensive and eating out is a great experience and yet not that great for vegetarians. Being in a country where not much grows due to the weather and the relentless erosion induce by the reckless behavior of the first humans on the island, veggies are a bit of a luxury.
OVERRATED (Be warned!):
- Reykjavik is either cool, cold or very cold. Never warm, temperature wise that is. Foggy a lot of times. Be prepared.
-Expensive, especially in the touristy areas.
-Not a whole lot to see beyond a day or two there.
-The infrastructure for tourism is not there yet
-Hotels are overpriced
-Hot tap water smells (Sulphur)
UNDERRATED (Cool unknown facts):
-Being a small city, Reykjavik is very walkable
-Locals are friendly and helpful, most of them speaking excellent English.
-The Icelandic pastries, especially one called Vinarterta cake.
-There’s hardly any traffic
-Clean and very safe
-The Sun Voyager sculpture on the sea shore.
-The Imagine Peace tower laser light beam from the island Videy.
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